Dec. 31, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ryan Dzingel and Nick Oddo, junior forwards on the Ohio State men’s hockey team, have been named the Big Ten Second and Third Star of the Week, respectively, the Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday. The duo helped Ohio State to a series sweep of Mercyhurst, with each picking up five points, including four assists, on the weekend.

Dzingel, from Wheaton, Ill., had a goal and an assist Saturday in the Buckeyes’ 6-3 victory, with his assist the primary helper on the third-period gamewinning goal that broke a 3-all tie. Sunday he had a career-high tying three assists in Ohio State’s 7-2 win. Dzingel was +4 in the series, including a +3 mark in game two. Dzingel had an eight-game goal-scoring streak ended in game two, but extended his point streak to nine, with 16 points (9g, 7a) in the nine games combined. He leads the Big Ten with 23 points and is eighth nationally with 1.44 points per game. His 10 goals are second in the league and he is 14th in the NCAA with .64 goals per game.

Omaha, Neb., native Oddo had a career-high three assists in the 6-3 win in the series opener vs. the Lakers. Sunday, he had the gamewinning goal and added an assist in the Buckeyes’ 7-2 victory. Oddo, who was +1 in each game, won a league-high 26 faceoffs over the weekend and his .634 winning percentage (26-15) was second among B1G players who took 30+ faceoffs. Oddo has a career-high 10 assists and 14 points this season and is first on the team with a +13 mark, tying for fifth in the league.

Ohio State now has six Big Ten Star of the Week honors this season. Oddo was also honored Oct. 29, picking up first star honors. The other Buckeyes recognized are Tanner Fritz (Nov. 12), Max McCormick (Nov. 12) and Logan Davis (Nov. 19).

Ohio State (10-6, 0-2-0 B1G) is off this weekend before hosting Michigan State (6-9-2, 0-1-1 B1G) in the first of nine Big Ten Conference series to close the regular season. The Buckeyes and Spartans will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and 7:05 p.m. Jan. 11 in Value City Arena.